Feed the Mind, Fuel the Body This Summer

For Immediate Release
June 7, 2017

Three South County Locations Offer Free "Lunch at the Library"

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – June 7, 2017 – “Lunch at the Library,” Santa Clara County Library District’s (SCCLD) new free lunch and learn summer program will soon begin at three south county locations. Sponsored by the Silicon Valley YMCA with support from the Santa Clara County Library Foundation, Friends of the Cupertino Library and Second Harvest Food Bank, “Lunch at the Library” provides free nutritious meals and educational activities for all youth under 18 at Morgan Hill Library, Gilroy Library and with the Bookmobile at San Martin Lion’s Club during the summer months.

“Summer is such an important time for kids to take part in engaging activities that not only exercise the body but also stimulate the mind. This isn’t easy to do on an empty stomach. Over the summer months, we want all of our local kids to take part in as many educational programs, resources and fun activities as they can at the library. But full minds need full tummies to help get through the day. By ensuring that children receive nutritious meals even when school is not in session and providing these meals in a safe and positive environment with access to books, interactive learning resources and engaging educational activities throughout the summer, we’re hoping to make a lasting impact on the summer learning experiences of local children,” stated Mike Wasserman, SCCLD Joint Powers Authority Board Chair and County of Santa Clara Supervisor.

The new SCCLD “Lunch at the Library” will be offered at three different locations: Gilroy and Morgan Hill libraries and a special SCCLD Bookmobile stop.

    • Bookmobile to stop at San Martin Lion’s Club
      12415 Murphy Avenue, San Martin
      June 20 – August 10, 2017
      Tuesdays and Thursdays only
      June 20 – August 10, 2017, 10:00am – Noon
      No service on Tuesday, July 4
    • Morgan Hill Library
      660 West Main Avenue, Morgan Hill
      June 12 - August 16, 2017
      Monday – Saturday; Noon-1:00pm
      No service on Tuesday, July 4
  • Gilroy Library
    350 West Sixth Street, Gilroy
    June 19 – July 28, 2017
    Monday – Friday, 12:30pm-1:30pm
    No service on Tuesday, July 4

SCCLD’s “Lunch at the Library,” a program developed by the California Library Association and California Summer Meal Coalition, was created to help ensure children and teens have daily access to nutritious meals and learning opportunities during the summer break.  Engaging library programs, including craft activities, artist performances and community presentations will be provided throughout the lunch period. No reservations required. For more information regarding SCCLD’s “Lunch at the Library,” please visit:  https://www.sccl.org/summer2017#lunch

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About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2016, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2016, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 270,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.1 million items. 

Nancy Howe/Chris Brown/Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3002/3014